Soil moisture on 31 October
Soil moisture levels significantly improved
The high October rainfalls have resulted in soils reaching field capacity in areas of the North Island, Nelson, Marlborough, and Kaikoura. For many areas this was a significant improvement from the drought-like conditions of late September.
Canterbury soil moisture levels also improved during October, while in some parts of Otago, particularly inland, and in coastal areas north of Dunedin, rainfall barely kept up with evapotranspiration demand.
Southland soils had about average moisture levels for this time of year.